Thoughts On Worship…
(Main Point Titles Taken From Wayne Stewart’s Lesson On Worship; Everything Else Written by SoulSpartan)
Opening Video: He > You…Worship (please click HERE)
1. It’s All About Our Hearts
- (Not about how good our voices sound, how cool we look on the outside, how many service projects/good deeds we have done, etc.)
- 1 Samuel 16:7 NIV: “But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The LORD does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.”
- God wants us (our hearts) no matter what we have done!
- Worship is about admitting that we NEED God, that He is ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL to our lives; realizing that He alone can get us through the hard times, the disappointments, the betrayals, our failings; and that He alone is responsible for our blessings, our victories, our triumphs, and our future. God wants us to realize this and center our lives around Him and His role as our EVERYTHING!
- Luke 12:34 NIV: “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Please click HERE for clip from the LORD of the Rings—Bilbo freaking out because he can’t find the ring for a moment. Gollum smiling as he finally gets the ring back, even as he falls to his death).
- What can’t you do without? What, if it were taken away today, would absolutely crush you, would ruin your day? What is the fine line between loving someone and not needing them to be a complete person? What is the fine line between enjoying something but not NEEDING it? How can we hug, embrace, and hang on to Jesus if our hands are full with needing/clutching the trappings of this world?
- Example of the animal who is trapped because it won’t relinquish it’s grip on the nuts inside the fruit.
2. God Is Really God. REALLY.
- God deserves our attention, praise, thanksgiving, adoration, focus, everything.
- Read Psalm 30 (please click HERE). Why is God worthy of our worship? Write a poem or song about God.
3. When He Gathers Us Into His Presence, We Actually Get to Meet With Him
- Hosea 6:1-3 NIV: “Come, let us return to the LORD. He has torn us to pieces but he will heal us; he has injured us but he will bind up our wounds. 2 After two days he will revive us; on the third day he will restore us, that we may live in his presence. Let us acknowledge the LORD; let us press on to acknowledge him. As surely as the sun rises, he will appear; he will come to us like the winter rains, like the spring rains that water the earth.”
- Psalm 21:6 NIV: “Surely you have granted him eternal blessings and made him glad with the joy of your presence.”
- Psalm 27:4 NIV: “One thing I ask of the LORD, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to seek him in his temple.”
- 1 Thessalonians 1:9 NIV: “They will be punished with everlasting destruction and shut out from the presence of the Lord and from the majesty of his power.”
- Hebrews 4:14-16 NIV: “Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has gone through the heavens,[e] Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. 15For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet was without sin. 16Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”
4. Worship Doesn’t End When The Music Stops—Called to a Life of Worship and Sacrifice
- Worshipping God with other believers on Sunday can slingshot us into a life of worshipful actions throughout the week! Slingshot Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u2-od4n5Xl0
- We worship God when we honor Him, obey Him, love Him, love others, honor our parents, do the right thing even when it is hard, forgive others, share with others, invite others in, etc. (See Devotional “A People Set Apart”)
- Romans 12:1 NIV: “Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual[a] act of worship. 2Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world…”
1) How does the reality of meeting with God change your ideas of what worship looks like?
2) Do you ever worship God? Why or why not? When was the last time? What will you do differently to worship Him more often?
3) What things do you find help you connect with God in worship? Music? Reading Scripture? Being out in nature? Other ideas? Make the decision to do some of these activities this week…
4) What are some words or phrases about God that could help you build a vocabulary of worship?
5) Where any of the ideas about God that came out in the session new to you?